The Crypto Market is Not Only Growing in Size, But Also in Volume.

February 2022
By Martin Leinweber, Digital Asset Product Strategist

The digital asset market has grown rapidly. One indicator of the rapid growth of this asset class is the number of token in the crypto universe. Another indicator is the development of liquidity. The term liquidity is generally used in the financial markets to describe the ease by which an asset can be converted into cash without difficulty. In terms of cryptocurrencies, liquidity is the ability of a coin to be easily converted into cash or other coins. Liquid markets are deeper and smoother, while an illiquid market can put traders in positions that are difficult to exit.

One of the key factors affecting liquidity in the cryptocurrency market are trading volumes. You can check out any cryptocurrency market cap rankings website to see daily volumes, with a higher volume indicating that more people are buying and selling token. Exhibit 1 shows the liquidity of constituents of the MVIS CryptoCompare Digital Assets 100 Index (ticker: MVDA) universe and highlights a few interesting aspects of the crypto market. If we compare the market today with 3 years ago, we’ll see a significant improvement in trading volume.

First, as of January 2019, there were 32coins with a one-month average daily trading volume of smaller than USD 1 million. In 2022, just 5 coins weren’t able to pass the USD 1 million hurdle. While in 2019 most of the coins traded in the USD 1 – 10 million area, in 2022 most of the coins traded between USD 100 million – 1 billion. That’s a great difference and shows, that the crypto market has grown rapidly not only in size, but also in terms of liquidity. The crypto market is still a new asset class, but at least it’s maturing and with continuous adoption, the numbers should improve further over time.

Avg Daily Turnover 1 Month (Top 100 ex Stablecoins)

31/01/2019-31/01/2022

Source: MV Index Solutions. All values are rebased to 100. Data as of 31 January 2022.


About the Author:

Martin Leinweber is an expert in fundamental and quantitative trading strategies. He sees cryptoassets as a fundamental building block for investors to achieve their return targets in a low interest rate environment. He works as a Digital Asset Product Strategist at MV Index Solutions providing thought leadership in an emerging asset class. His role encompasses product development, research and the communication with the client base of MVIS. Prior to joining MVIS, he worked as a portfolio manager for equities, fixed income and alternative investments for almost two decades. He was responsible for the management of active funds for institutional investors such as insurance companies, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds at the leading German quantitative asset manager Quoniam. Previously, he held various positions at one of Germany's largest asset managers, MEAG, the asset manager of Munich Re and ERGO. Among other things, he contributed his expertise and international experience to the establishment of a joint venture with the largest Chinese insurance company PICC in Shanghai and Bejing. Martin Leinweber is co-author of „Asset-Allokation mit Kryptoassets. Das Handbuch“ (Wiley Finance, 2021). It’s the first handbook about integrating digital assets into traditional portfolios. He has a Master in Economics from the University of Hohenheim and is a CFA Charterholder.

The article above is an opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of MV Index Solutions or its affiliates.

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